Rimur | ECM New Series 4814742



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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4814742

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd March 2017



Trio Mediaeval
Arve Henriksen (trumpet)


Trio Mediaeval
Arve Henriksen (trumpet)


Arve Henriksen has often performed with the Trio Mediaeval in live settings – and the singers and trumpeter appear on Sinikka Langeland’s recently issued ‘The Magical Forest’ (4776831) – but Rímur is their first extensive collaboration on disc.

According to tradition Norwegian Ingólfr Arnarson was the first Nordic settler in Iceland, founding Reykjavík in 874. In the 20th century a statue of Arnarson was raised in Reykjavík and a copy put up in Rivedal, his home village on the Norwegian west coast. The two statues, facing towards each other across the sea, provided a conceptual starting point for Rímur, Trio Mediaeval’s seventh ECM recording.

What music did Arnarson hear in Rivedal? What songs did the Vikings bring with them to Iceland, and what music was new to their ears? These are among the questions pondered here. Joined by trumpeter Arve Henriksen, Trio Mediaeval presents a unique programme in which mediaeval and traditional music from Iceland and Norway and improvisation are integrated.

Rímur was recorded in February 2016 at Munich’s Himmelfahrtskirche, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Trio Mediaeval:
- Anna Maria Friman (voice, hardangar fiddle)
- Linn Andrea Fuglseth (voice, shruti box)
- Berit Opheim (voice)

1. St Birgitta Hymn: Rosa rorans bonitatem
2. O Jesu dulcissime
3. Om ödet skulle skicka mig
4. Morgunstjarna
5. Rís upp, drottni dýrđ
6. St Magnus Hymn: Nobilis humilis
7. Láta gjalla létt og hátt
8. Brureslĺtt
9. St Sunniva Hymn: Eterna Christi munera
10. Krummi
11. Anda ţinn guđ mér gef ţú vist
12. Sulla lulla
13. Du är den första
14. Alma Redemptoris Mater
15. Bíum bíum bambaló
16. Jag haver ingen kärare
17. Gammelkjerringvalsen

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